After falling off the bench for the first 17 games of his NBA career, Anthony Edwards, the Minnesota Timberwolves security guard, started his first career on Friday when the Timberwolves faced the Philadelphia 76ers.
Edwards, the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, finished the competition with 15 points (shooting 5-13 from the field, shooting 3-7 from 3-point range, and shooting 2-2 from the free throw line The Atlanta native scored four rebounds, three assists, one turnover and two personal fouls in 29 minutes, while putting Minnesota down -25 with a 25 point loss.
The only 19-year-old Edwards achieved an average of 13.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.9 turnovers in 25.4 minutes per game this season. He shot .357 from the floor, .313 from three, and .825 from the charity strip.
While Edward’s first career start – like the entire Timberwolves season – leaves something to be desired, his raw talent flashes constantly. If he goes to the gym, diversifies his gate movements, and practices his long distance shooting, he will come a long way. As well as additional reps in the game and film studies that allow his consciousness to catch up with his NBA-enabled body.
Edwards, who has the fourth highest point average among his teammates, currently has the highest point average among all newcomers.